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Painkillers found in ice cream: Intentional pills in ice cream prompts inquiry

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Painkillers found in ice cream? That’s the case in North Yorkshire this week after police officials claim that they found pills intentionally spiked into Tesco ice cream packages in England. The shocking and dangerous find has prompted a full inquiry by law enforcement officers, and how this strange food contamination might have occurred (and with what purpose). The Christian Post provides the latest details on this news this Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

The painkillers found in ice cream were discovered by authorities working within a distinct crime unit, centered in North Yorkshire. An official food recall for the Tesco own-brand ice cream was made back in late 2013 after some buyers discovered that there were pills in their packages. Now, a spokesperson for the police has said that while the investigation is still underway, there are a variety of factors in this case that make it a “challenging” public health hazard.

Firstly, it is now believed that the painkillers were intentionally and deliberately put into the ice cream, though the reason for the pill spiking is not yet known. Authorities are also looking into who might be responsible for this strange and potentially dangerous act, while also working to determine how far and expansive the recall needs to be in order to protect the public from this safety/health hazard.

According to the report, the painkillers found in ice cream have been confirmed in numerous Tesco packages, though specifics regarding which packages are affected (as well as time stamp dates) is still pending investigation. The spiking of the pills are also not thought to be accidental because “there would not have been the resources available” if this were not an intentional act, adds the report.

“R&R, the largest ice cream maker in Europe, manufactures the compromised Tesco brand ice cream and is now reviewing its manufacturing procedure in the wake of the recall given that it produces other leading brands of ice cream consumed throughout Europe.”

According to Peter Pickthall, the human resources director for the major ice cream company, the painkillers could feasibly not have been added by someone (an employee or otherwise) in the local Tesco stores and had to be done by unknown individuals or a unit that were working in the factories at the time of production.

Supermarkets and stores in England are currently taking four-packs of the ice cream brand off of their shelves with sell-by dates ranging until July 2014, while the prompted inquiry is still underway.

"As a precautionary measure, we have issued a product recall," a Tesco spokesman revealed in a statement. "We are urgently investigating this incident with our supplier and ask customers to return this product to their local store … If you have bought the product, do not eat it."

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